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2021 SAHS GBB AWARDS

All Conference

Alex Pratt, Amber Scalia, Gionna Carr, Lexi Karlen and Lizzie Holder

All Conference Honorable Mention

Lydia Knutson and Amy Thompson

Suburban East Conference MVP

Alex Pratt

Academic All State Award

Elayra Dizon

Academic Team Award

Silver 3.697 GPA

All State

Alex Pratt

All State Honorable Mention

Amber Scalia

Varsity Team Awards

Best Defensive Player: Gionna Carr

Most Inspirational Player: Gionna Carr

Most Valuable Player: Alex Pratt

Most Improved Player: Lizzie Holder

Coaches Award: Gionna Carr, Elayra Dizon, Lizzie Holder

2021 Section 4AAAA Coaches of the Year

Head Coach Willie Taylor has been named Section 4AAAA Coach of the Year by the Minnesota Girls Basketball Coaches Association

In addition, Assistant Coach Dean Stambaugh has been named the Section's  Assistant Coach of the Year.

 


Section 4AAAA Champion & State Qualifier

Positive Press for Coach Taylor and SAHS Girls Basketball!

College and high school prep updates

March 10, 2021 - by Dr. Mitchell Palmer McDonald

Five coaches who are doing outstanding jobs this season include Marlon McCoy (St. Paul Central girls’ basketball), Matt McCollister (South St. Paul boys’ basketball), Broderick Powell (Robbinsdale Cooper boys’ basketball), Willie Braziel (Columbia Heights boys’ basketball), and Willie Taylor (Stillwater girls’ basketball).

Link to Online Post

Live Streaming of Games

The live streaming of games - Varsity along with the other team levels - is being facilitated by each contest's home team / school. In most instances, the link information can be found in the Suburban East Conference event calendar, by selecting the home team in the list on the right side of the webpage, then - on the resulting page - selecting the game date in the calendar displayed on the right side of the page.

For SAHS girls basketball home games, there are three live stream links that are being used:

  1. For B and C Team games, this link has been set up: https://youtu.be/EzJptGCq_GA
  2. For JV games, a YouTube Channel has been set up and this is the link to that: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC20i9Z0D3ZXyBhaPCoo8C2w/featured
  3. And our Varsity games are typically being streamed via PrepSpotlightTV

Should there be any changes in the above, for our remaining regular season games, best efforts will be made to communicate the details as far in advance as possible.  

Four Levels of Defense

Four Levels of Defense:

  1. Ability to keep the ball out of the middle 1/3rd of floor.

  2. Ability to keep the ball from being passed or dibbled into the middle 1/3rd of the court. This involves off-ball defenders (help defense).

  3. Ability to guard situations (ball screens, off-ball screens, post feeds. etc.).

  4. Ability to guard a situation and recover to prevent a shot coming out of that situation.

A Story to Read; let it sink in. Then choose…

Jerry is the kind of guy you love to hate. He is always in a good mood and always has something positive to say. When someone would ask him how he was doing, he would reply, “If I were any better, I would be twins!” He was a unique manager because he had several waiters who had followed him around from restaurant to restaurant. The reason the waiters followed Jerry was because of his attitude. He was a natural motivator. If an employee was having a bad day, Jerry was there telling the employee how to look on the positive side of the situation. Seeing this style really made me curious, so one day I went up to Jerry and asked him, “I don’t get it. You can’t be a positive person all of the time. How do you do it?” Jerry replied, “Each morning I wake up and say to myself, Jerry, you have two choices today. You can choose to be in a good mood or you can choose to be in a bad mood. I choose to be in a good mood. Each time something bad happens, I can choose to be a victim or I can choose to learn from it. Every time someone comes to me complaining. I can choose to accept their complaining or I can point out the positive side of life. I choose the positive side of life. “Yeah, right. It’s not that easy.” I protested. “Yes it is,” Jerry said. “Life is about choices. When you cut away all the junk, every situation is a choice. You choose how you react to situations. You choose how people will affect your mood. You choose to be in a good mood or a bad mood. The bottom line: It’s your choice how you live life.”

I reflected on what Jerry said. Soon thereafter, I left the restaurant industry to start my own business. We lost touch, but I often thought about him when I made a choice about life instead of reacting to it. Several years later, I heard that Jerry did something you are never supposed to do in a restaurant business; he left the back door open one morning and was held up at gunpoint by three armed robbers. While trying to open the safe, his hand, shaking from nervousness, slipped off the combination. The robbers panicked and shot him. Luckily, Jerry was found relatively quickly and was rushed to the local trauma center. After 18 hours of surgery and weeks of intensive care, Jerry was released from the hospital with fragments of the bullets still in his body. I saw Jerry about six months after the accident. When I asked him how he was, he replied, “If I were any better, I would be twins! Wanna see my scars?” I declined to see his wounds, but did ask him what had gone through his mind as the robbery took place. “The first thing that went through my mind was that I should have locked the back door,” Jerry replied. “Then, as I lay on the floor, I remembered that I had two choices: I could choose to live or I could choose to die. I chose to live.” “Weren’t you scared? Did you lose consciousness?” I asked. Jerry continued, “...the paramedics were great. They kept telling me I was going to be fine. But, when they wheeled me into the ER and I saw the expressions on the faces of the doctors and nurses, I really got scared. In their eyes I read ‘he’s a dead man’. I knew I needed to take action.” “What did you do?” I asked. “Well, there was a big burly nurse shouting questions at me,” said Jerry. “She asked if I was allergic to anything. ‘Yes’ I replied. The doctors and nurses stopped working as they waited for my reply. I took a deep breath and yelled, ‘Bullets!’ Over their laughter, I told them, ‘I am choosing to live. Operate on me as if I am alive, not dead’.” 

Jerry lived thanks to the skill of his doctors, but also because of his amazing attitude. I learned from him that every day we have the choice to live fully. Attitude, after all, is everything.

2021 State Tournament Brackets - Girls Basketball

Stillwater will play Chaska in a Quarterfinal matchup on Tuesday, March 30, at 4:00pm, at Osseo High School.

2021 Section 4AAAA Tournament Bracket

Click this link to view the Section brackets.

How to practice effectively...for just about anything - Annie Bosler and Don Greene

Reviewing is worth the 4+ minute time investment. 1% Better. 1 Day At A Time. ~Coach Dean